The Universe: BYU Newspaper

My best news clips from my time with The Universe are featured on this page. You can find all of my pieces with the publication here

Young immigrants live in limbo while DACA issues continue

daca storyIt’s been nearly eight months since President Donald Trump called for the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Two government shutdowns and several DACA-related lawsuits have happened since then, and the confusion surrounding the futures of young immigrants continues.

The shutdowns of January and February 2018 were caused partially by the government’s inability to agree on a fix regarding DACA, according to the Desert Sun. Read more here.



Migrant workers play key role in Utah’s agriculture industry

migrant workersDebbie Cloward’s grandfather and father owned a fruit farm when she was a young girl. She remembers cherry harvest season always included a visit from immigration enforcement services. Agents would come during the harvest to pick up people who were living in the country illegally and deport them, and cherries would still be left on the trees.

In the past 60 years, the conversation surrounding the workforce of people living in the country illegally has become a hot topic within immigration policy and migrant worker programs in the United States. Read more here.

Student challenges lack of women’s representation in BYU statues, buildings

statues storyElementary education student Alyson Adams was nervous about completing her guerrilla art project for her ArtEd 326 class, but she knew she wanted to start a conversation. She printed out signs for the project at home, placed them in plastic scrapbook sleeves, packed a roll of duct tape in her lunch bag, and left for campus.

Adams put up signs on campus stating “Women are more than mothers” and “‘Where’s the building named after me?’ — Female LDS Scholars and Leaders” to raise awareness of BYU’s lack of female representation on campus. Read more here.


Managing anxiety as a college student

anxiety storyBYU elementary education student Kacie Moss realized her chaotic thoughts were interfering with her day-to-day life in fall 2016. She, along with 25 percent of all college students, was diagnosed with and treated for a mental illness — Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Seventy-five percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 24, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). BYU psychologist Klint Hobbs does not find this information surprising, considering the amount of college students dealing with mental illness is on the rise. Read more here


BYU national scholarships office shut down, taken over by Honors Program

scholarships officeBYU’s National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs office is being closed effective Nov. 3. The Honors Advisement Center will assume the responsibilities of the office with the goal of expanding the program’s reach.

All students will still be able to apply for top scholarships and receive the university endorsement that is traditionally required for such applications. Students do not have to be involved in the Honors program to receive assistance despite the program’s shift to Honors Advisement. Read more here.

BYU supports young parents with new family-friendly study room

family friendly roomThe Harold B. Lee Library’s family-friendly study room caused quite the stir when it opened at the start of fall semester. A Facebook post announcing the new addition to the library went viral, reaching hundreds of thousands of people within the first week.

The new study room, which was funded by an anonymous donor, had been a concept on BYU’s radar for several years now. But due to the vast list of other desired campus improvements, the family-friendly room had to wait its turn in line, according to library human resources manager Cali O’Connell. Read more here.